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Illinois will now allow sick days for employees attending to family members

A newly enacted state law, the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act, which will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2017, provides a mechanism for employees to file sick leave for attending to their sick family members. The leave must be used on the same terms under which the employee is allowed to use personal sick leave benefits. [….]


Southside Fire Sends Firefighter to Hospital with Knee Injury

Last week, a Chicago firefighter was injured while fighting a blaze in the Englewood neighborhood. On December 20th, a fire broke out at a building at 6231 S. Racine Avenue at approximately 2:00 p.m. According to officials, the fire was on the first and second floors of the structure and spread to a building adjacent [….]


Explosion at Hersher plant Sends Five Workers to Area Hospitals

A single “boom” on August 16, 2011, loud enough for neighbors to think a tree had fallen on their own house, indicated that an explosion had occurred at the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America plant in Herscher in southwest Kankakee County.   Five people were hurt in the mid-morning explosion that caused a fire. [….]